• Arcadia and Acadia – A Meditation – Part II

    In my previous post I went on at length, and with the sweetest remembrance, at the appearance of Arcadia in my life, how I went on to explore it, and how I saw that it was the inspiration for the Acadia of my maternal forbears. In this post I will explore how this came to pass.   King Francis I of France and the Renaissance The Florentine Renaissance of the Fifteenth Century was slow to move up into continental Europe where a rich Mediaeval architectural and artistic heritage still dominated society. Monarchs were slow to adapt new styles of art, architecture and culture, although they were enthusiastically participating in the…